Coach: Mark Marro (11th year, 28-72).
Last league title: 1981.
Last playoff berth: 2003.
Home field: Clem Senn Field.
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Projected starters (returners in bold)
Others to watch: WR Trey Surl.
- No team's "league" situation is murkier than the Grizzlies. They play Mid-Col 3A teams in weeks 2-5 to determine their postseason future, then open actual league play against the Big Nine's 4A schools the next five weeks.
- Salmeron proved to be one of the area's most exciting players to watch with his high-risk, high-reward scrambles. Hernandez excelled running the trap out of the wing-T spread.
- There's good size on the young O-line that has just two seniors. Carmen is a special kind of athlete who wrestled at state last season.
- An athletic defensive line combined with a talented secondary could make the Grizzlies tough to pass against. Contreras tied for the lead in the CBBN with four picks. Daley, a converted linebacker, adds versatility to Sunnyside's basic scheme.
The Grizzlies have been more than competitive since moving from the Mid-Valley to the Big Nine six years ago. But they are up against their biggest challenge this season.
A couple of early injuries could spell disaster with their crossover games against the Mid-Col bunched together. But Marro likes the look of his team, and if the O-line comes together, Sunnyside could rain on some Mid-Col parades.
"Our skill guys are good," Marro said. "If we jell a couple new linemen, we'll be pretty good."